(Seminar 1) Towards Energy Efficient Northern Societies

18 May 2016 09:00 - 17:00
Metla House, Yliopistokatu 6, FI-80101, Joensuu, Finland

Metla House
This seminar will invite discussion, examine best practice and promote transnational networking on a number of issues specifically related to awareness raising and societal support, such as: 

·         How can we encourage citizens to be part of the transition to future energy paths and the policymaking process that goes with it?  

·         Given the scale of changes required, what are the right mechanisms to engage communities and build awareness?  

·         What formal and informal approaches could be used to increase energy awareness? 

·         How can public authorities develop and share effective messages? 

·         What activities and programs have been successful transnationally?

With a heightened awareness of the need for increased energy efficiency and renewable technology solutions comes an opportunity to engage communities and actively involve them in the transition towards a low-carbon society

Effective engagement with local communities is an integral part of the SECURE project. Therefore, this event will equip partners with practical strategies, verified techniques and transnational know-how to ensure a positive project outcome.

This seminar is funded by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme and has been arranged in cooperation with the GREBE (Generating Renewable Energy Business Enterprise) and Poveria biomassasta projects.

Examine best practice in community engagement and awareness raising


18 May 2016   09:00 - 17:00
Time Description Speaker
Morning Seminar
Welcome & Introduction
Ms Helena Puhakka-Tarvainen, Senior Project Manager, Karelia University of Applied Sciences
Setting the Scene: Keynote by Robert Prinz (Natural Resources Institute Finland LUKE)
Robert Prinz sets the scene by explaining the key components influencing the case for sustainable energy investment, and considers the role of local and regional authorities in engaging with and raising community awareness of the global climate change challenge. Robert is also involved in the NPA GREBE project.
Mr Robert Prinz, Researcher, Natural Resources Institute Finland LUKE
Regional strategy for North Karelia Oil Free Region
Ms. Anniina Kontiokorpi, Project Manager, Regional Council of North Karelia
Case Study 1: Karhunmäki school
An energy efficient demonstration school site established in North Karelia. Presented by Ossi Laakkonen (Sensire Ltd).
Mr. Ossi Laakkonen, Sensire Ltd.
Case study 2: Going for Renewable Energy in Pielisen Karjala Region
Presented by Ms. Niina Huikuri (Pikes Ltd).
Ms Niina Huikuri, Business & Green Growth Expert, PIKES Ltd.
Lessons learnt from NPP Smallest project
Dissemination and lessons learnt from North Karelia's successful biomass project.
Ms Helena Puhakka-Tarvainen, Senior Project Manager, Karelia University of Applied Sciences
Networking Break
Delegates are encouraged to network, participate and learn more about the variety of low-carbon, community awareness raising and engagement best practices discussed.
Northern European and Canadian good practices
Good practices from SECURE partner regions
Dr Caitriona Strain, Programme Manager, ERNACT Network
Good practices in Atlantic Canada
Ms Catherine Abreu, No longer works for EAC , Ecology Action Centre
Good practices in Vasternorrland
Mr. David Tengerström , Energy Project Officer, ALAV
Good practices in Faroe Islands
Mr Bjarti Thomsen, Renewable Energy Advisor, Umhvørvisstovan (Environment Agency)
Good practices in County Donegal
Mr Paddy Mullen, Executive Engineer / Facilities Manager, Donegal County Council
Good practices in County Leitrim
Ms. Nollaig Whyte, Economic Development Officer, Leitrim County Council
Good practices in Derry and Strabane
Mr Leo Strawbridge, Energy Manager, Derry City & Strabane District Council
Panel Discussion
All morning speakers will join Robert Prinz (the facilitator) to create a panel for observations, reflections and questions from the floor.
Ms Helena Puhakka-Tarvainen, Senior Project Manager, Karelia University of Applied Sciences
Lunch & Networking
Participants will have an opportunity to visit project and case study stands in the exhibition area.
Best Practice Site Visits
Sirkkala Energy Park @ Karelia UAS Sirkkala Campus
Bus will depart from outside Metla House at 2.00pm to transport participants to the site visits.
Mr. Markus Hirvonen, Karelia University of Applied Sciences
Energy efficient Rantakylä-Utra district
Mr. Samuli Salo, Project Manager, City of Joensuu
Refreshment Break at Utran Uittotupa
Close of Seminar
Bus will transport participants back to their hotel at 5.00pm